Mini Chocolate Chip Scones

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Mini Chocolate Chip Scones

As Snowzilla cleanup continues, I have been getting my baking on in a serious way. The only question is, who will receive all the fruits of my baking labor?

Nothing sparks my carb cravings like being snowbound, so being trapped in the house means I had to make scones. And not just any scones, either. This recipe is a version of the great Dorie Greenspan’s cream scones, which come together quickly, easily, and perfectly.

I only made one change: I added mini chocolate chips and drizzled chocolate on top. I mean, how could I not? But if you’re a purist, by all means leave them out.

Mini Chocolate Chip Scones

People all over America (especially those who live in Boston or Buffalo) have been mocking D.C. for our wimpy reaction to snow and our subsequently slow cleanup. And believe me, as a Midwestern import to these here parts, I totally get it. We look really lame to anyone who is accustomed to a two-foot dumping of snow.

Back in Indiana where I grew up, snow days were rare. I have very clear memories of struggling to get to my high school and walking in several hours late to French class after a dicey, two-hour drive on the road that involved being towed by someone who had chains. That’s just how we did it. The expectation was that sooner or later, everyone would show up to work.

Mini Chocolate Chip Scones

But see, I kind of like the wimpy ways of the D.C. area better. It’s so much nicer to be home with hot chocolate and scones than to be struggling out there in crappy weather hoping that nobody rear ends you. Why do we have to be at the rat race all the time? My students will be fine. I’ll just cut out a book or something that we were supposed to read. I kid, I kid.

Mini Chocolate Chip Scones

Thanks to our Puritan roots, Americans are pretty obsessed with working. We equate hard work and productivity with virtue, and I’m sorry, but no. There’s also something to be said for knowing when to kick back and just chill out. I realize that our economy might tank if we all did the whole midday siesta thing, but I love the fact that certain countries take a midday break to go home for lunch and a nap. We might be poorer if we did that , but we’d be a lot happier.

Plus, if we had siesta every day, snow days wouldn’t feel like such a break from the norm. We’d be far more used to chilling with our families in the middle of the day. Anyone up for creating a movement with me?

Mini Chocolate Chip Scones

While you ponder that, have a scone. Or three. These are the best scones ever, and I don’t care about modesty because I didn’t invent this recipe. So there. It’s so easy, too!

A lot of scone makers will hold that to get the best scone, you need to work with frozen butter. Honestly, that’s an extra step I don’t have time to make, and I don’t think it makes much of a difference. I’ve tried it both ways. All you need is cold butter and your fingers (pastry blender not needed) and you’ve got a scone dough that comes together in five minutes and produces the flakiest scones. And they’re not dry at all. Nope. They’re really the epitome of what a scone should be.

While you’re busy running around every day, remember being trapped in the snow, or that time you got a really great midday nap. It might make you wish a blizzard would come and give you an excuse to have more scones for breakfast!


Mini Chocolate Chip Scones


2 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoons salt
5 tablespoons very cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 egg
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (with an additional 1/4 cup for garnish)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the cold butter and using the tips of your fingers, pinch the butter into the dry mixture until crumbs of varying sizes form.
  3. Add the egg and cream, using a fork to stir them in until a dough forms. You can use your hands or the fork to knead lightly until the dough is fully formed.
  4. Gently mix in the mini chocolate chips with your hands.
  5. Turn the dough out onto your prepared cookie sheet, pressing it into a circle that is about six inches in diameter.
  6. Cut the dough into six wedges (as shown in video). Bake for around 20 minutes until the scones are golden.
  7. Melt the 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips carefully in the microwave, being careful not to overheat them. Using a spoon, drizzle the melted chocolate over the scones.
  8. Cool the scones until the chocolate hardens. Serve or store in an airtight container.



I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 34 Comments

  1. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

    Mir – I don’t think D.C. is being wimpy at all. Your government doesn’t have the necessary equipment or resources to work with the type of snow that you received this weekend. My sister went to school at University of Delaware, and said one of the worst experiences in the winter was when she lived down there. The town wasn’t prepared for the ice and snow. Disaster. Anyways, I hope you get back to school soon. I’m sure you’re students are enjoying the time off.
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    1. Mir

      No, we sure don’t. The sidewalks are still totally covered and people are still digging!

  2. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I think adding chocolate chips and a chocolate drizzle is an excellent addition. How could that not make it better?
    I hope you are enjoying the time off ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. Mir

      Agreed. Chocolate makes everything better!

  3. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Sounds like you’re getting a lot of baking done with the snow! I agree, it would be nice to be able to hang out and sip hot chocolate. But with our Chicago winters, that would never happen, as we have all the resources available to dig us out, and then some. These scones are too cute! I can never resist mini foods, especially when chocolate is involved.
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    1. Mir

      I’ve been pretty productive, but I took today off, Gayle. I needed a day in bed!

  4. Kate @ Framed Cooks

    As someone who used to live in DC, I feel exactly the same about their approach to snow! And especially if it means we get to each chocolate chip scones!
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    1. Mir

      You used to live here? Aaah, I didn’t know that, Kate! I’ll have to ask you whereabouts!

  5. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    Hahaha! I’m totally down for joining your midday siesta movement! Although I’m not a good napper, too much agita (spelling?). But i am all for a break! Can’t think of anything better than taking that break with a few dozen of these scones in hand! These look like flakey, buttery perfection, Mir! Beyond delish! Totally making these with white chocolate for me and as is for the hubs! Pinned!
    P.s. pretty sure my relatives in buffalo are saying I have no clue what real snow is down here in NC. But i dont care. It was snow dang it! <3
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    1. Mir

      Hey, you don’t have to nap to enjoy stretching out midday for a rest! And white chocolate would work perfectly!

  6. mira

    You are right Mir – snow day means baking to me, too! But we rarely get snow days in Chicago, I guess they are always prepared to clean the roads ๐Ÿ™‚ I agree about the midday siesta thing ๐Ÿ™‚ These scones look just perfect! Love the chocolate chips!
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    1. Mir

      Yeah, Chicago is pretty tough that way. Move out here and you’ll get snow days all the time!

  7. Megan - The Emotional Baker

    I’m all for snow days! These scones look so scrumptious and seem like the perfect way to spend a day snowed in ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    1. Mir

      They really are, Megan. I’ve been eating way too many!

  8. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

    I’ll totally jump on that siesta bound train, Mir! I have no judgments about the DC area and snow – I live in Charlotte and 2 inches cripples us for days! I prefer it that way too and just love a good snow day of baking. These scones are perfect! How could you NOT add chocolate?

    1. Mir

      In Charlotte 2 inches is a huge deal!

  9. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    These look amazing! Love the mini chocolate chips- for some reason I just love the smaller ones in muffins/scones ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. Mir

      I’m with you, Medha. I think the flavor distributes better!

  10. Manali @ CookWithManali

    These really look amazing Mir! Ahh I would do the same, bake when it snows..even though it never snows in Seattle!
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    1. Mir

      But you get plenty of rain! Imagine if it froze…

  11. Danielle

    There’s something about having a lot of snow that makes me want to just bake too. These scones sound delicious and you can never go wrong adding in some chocolate too!
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    1. Mir

      I think that baking is just the perfect cozy, trapped at home activity!

  12. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    I could not deal with snow. You’re my hero for surviving, no matter how much or little! Love these, they look PERFECT.
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    1. Mir

      Well, you’re a CA girl, so snow is not in your blood. Or in mine, to be honest. But the snow days are nice!

  13. annie@ciaochowbambina

    Oh yesss, I’m in – siestas, slow food, family dinners everyday…that’s livin’ in my book! And so are these scones! I can imagine one of these beauties with a cup of sweet tea! Done!
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    1. Mir

      Siesta needs to be a thing. If only we’d start doing that!

  14. Michele @ Alwayzbakin

    I love scones! I always make this recipe. Love that you made them minty. They are gorgeous as well. I will def start the siesta movement with you Mir! Especially today when I feel so rundown!

    1. Mir

      Sorry you’re worn out, Michele. It’ll get better!

  15. Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness

    Not wimpy at all. In 1999 Toronto called the Canadian Army when we got a large snowfall. I wasn’t in Toronto at the time, but they were basically ridiculed because of it.
    Also, I was wondering whether or not to try freezing the butter next time I make scones. I’m glad I don’t really need to take that extra step ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. Mir

      I wouldn’t take the extra step, Cathleen. Honestly, it’s just as good without thinking ahead quite that much! And I love the story about the Canadian Army!

  16. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Mir, I love that you added mini chocolate chips and drizzled chocolate on top. I love Dorie Greenspan but homegirl needs some chocolate. I applaud you for enjoying your time at home to rest a little and time with you kids. . and you baked and worked. Dang, girl. After I read all the stories about how many people died and all the accidents, I was in shock! I had no idea how crazy it was. I read that the “economic impact of the storm may top $850 million, CBS News reported. Factor in the damage costs left behind, especially along the coast from flooding, and it’s almost a certainty that this will be a billion-dollar storm.” Isn’t that crazy??!!
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    1. Mir

      I love Dorie too, but yep. More chocolate always! And the snowstorm was pretty epic. The DC area is not equipped to handle two-plus feet of snow, so it’s expensive and messy. Everything is melting now (it’s 60 degrees!) so the flooding is also bad. I’m from the Midwest, so this east coast stuff is crazy!

  17. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    Chocolate chips and chocolate drizzle? What a perfect breakfast treat!!!
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    1. Mir

      They were great while they lasted!

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